This is episode 215 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Next-Gen iPhone Found?, The New Tech Boom, Layoffs At Ning, Light Peak vs. USB 3.0, and more...
What's new in Episode 215
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank
Andrew Eisner, Content/Community Manager, Retrevo
David Spark, Host, The Spark Minute
Possible Next-Gen iPhone Found in the Wild
Gizmodo broke the story of the Apple employee who lost the next-gen iPhone this week. Is this the real deal? And, if so, will the heads begin to roll at Apple HQ? The video looks pretty authentic.
Is the Next Tech Boom Here?
Global personal computer shipments rose sharply in the first quarter, according to industry estimates released by IDC, as businesses finally began to spend again on technology equipment. The PC market grew over 24 percent. Are we on the cusp of a tech boom and vigorous upgrade cycle?
The iPad Is Fun--But Is It Essential?
"I think we need to see how people are really using the iPad after they've had it for a couple of months before we'll know whether this is really a game-changer or just a fun gadget," writes PCMag's Michael Miller. Miller noted that YouTube videos and Flash content wouldn't play in his usage, and wonders if the iPad will be truly useful.
Toshiba's 200GB Drive--For Cars
Toshiba just announced a 200GB hard disk drive for the car. Known by the poetic name of MK2060GSC, the drive is intended to store data and applications for telematics and entertainment. Do we really need mega-storage in our cars?
Ning Lays Off 40 Percent Of Staff
Ning, which facilitated user-generated, free online networks, has announced that it is killing off its free product, forcing existing free networks to either make the change to premium accounts or migrate their networks elsewhere. The company has cut 40 percent of staff. Are more free offerings online going to go away?